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Greg Crighton


Posted by: nish | 2010-09-21


Religious vs Secular

I am currently seeking advice regarding where to place my 4yr old next year. He has been going to a small playgroup this year. His teacher has recommended that he attend a school where there are small classes (I’m not sure why). My main dilemma is whether to put him in a Muslim Pre Primary or secular preschool. While religious study is important, I’m not sure whether he needs it now or later (from grade 1). Secular schools also seem to offer a lot more academic and physical activities. Please advise.

Expert's Reply


Greg Crighton Greg Crighton
- 2010-10-11

The choice of schooling with regard to religious persuasion is the choice of the family entirely, and I cannot make a recommendation in that regard. That decision will depend on your personal religious views and traditions, as well as how you see your child fitting into those traditions and belief systems. It is certainly in your child's best interests to be in a school with smaller classes and also to be exposed to better academic standards as well as broader opportunities with regard to sport and culture.  

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